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THE CDMA2000 INDUSTRY DELIVERS DEVICES TO MEET SPECIFIC NEEDS OF THE MARKET

Global Handset Requirements for CDMA Enters Commercial Phase

 Costa Mesa, CALIF. — January 23, 2006 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) announced today that CDMA2000® operators and handset manufacturers have formed working groups to aggregate their requirements for different tiers of devices based on the documents developed by the CDG’s Global Handset Requirements for CDMA Team (GHRC). The individual working groups focus on ultra-low tier handsets, mid-tier data devices (including 1xEV-DO data card, 1X and 1xEV-DO WorldMode™ interstandard devices) and CDMA450. This collaboration will enable the operators to offer their customers CDMA2000 products even faster and at a significantly lower cost.

“With over 920 devices, CDMA2000 offers by far the broadest product portfolio of any advanced wireless technology today, ranging from entry-level phones to the most advanced multimedia devices,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “These and other GHRC efforts are examples of the CDMA2000 industry’s commitment to deliver products that address the specific needs for voice and advanced data services in markets worldwide.”

The GHRC team was formed over a year ago, bringing together CDMA handset manufacturers and network operators to define common requirements across multiple networks to streamline the manufacturing and distribution processes. The team is open to all CDG member companies and, currently, m ore than 30 CDG member companies, who represent large, medium and small CDMA2000 operators and handset, chipset and R-UIM card manufacturers from around the world, actively participate. The objective is to define common requirements for CDMA2000 devices for services such as voice, SMS, MMS, LBS, BREW and JAVA implementations, as well as 1xEV-DO functionality. The team has already developed eight requirements documents for all tiers of handsets to meet different market needs, ranging from low-tier with basic functionality to high-tier models with the most advanced features.

One example of the success of the CDG GHRC initiative is the collaboration of Reliance Infocomm and LG to introduce a very-low-cost voice and data handset in India targeting price-sensitive customers in underserved areas. Other GHRC initiatives include the cooperation between operators in Asia and Latin America and a number of leading manufacturers to deliver ultra-low-cost devices for developing markets. Also, a group of operators in North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia are working on mid-tier 1xEV-DO data cards. Teams have been formed to develop mid-tier WorldMode, multimode devices for interstandard roaming between GSM/GPRS and CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO, and CDMA450 operators from Europe and Asia are working on a low-tier CDMA450 handset and a mid-tier EV-DO card.

About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 142 CDMA2000 operators in 67 countries, including 30 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems. There are more than 200 million 3G CDMA2000 subscribers.  CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for cdmaOne™, TDMA, analog and Greenfield operators, and is deployed in the 450, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. More than 900 CDMA2000 devices are available on the market, including 161 1xEV-DO devices.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA technologies. The more than 100 member companies of the CDG include many of the world’s largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

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***cdmaOne is a trademark of the CDG
***CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA-USA)
***WorldMode is a registered trademark of the CDMA Development Group